Sir Alex Ferguson ruled Chelsea OUT of the title race

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The ex-Man Utd boss believes five teams can succeed Leicester City as champions this season but failed to mention the Blues as contenders.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was involved in his fair share of title races during his illustrious managerial career, and it seems he has ruled one massive club out of this year’s battle for the Premier League trophy.

During a conversation with Kicker, the former Manchester United manager was quick to defend the Red Devils despite Jose Mourinho’s side falling six points off the pace in the early weeks of the season.

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And the Scot believes they are one of five contenders for the title along with rivals Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

But he seemed to dismiss the chances of Chelsea, despite Antonio Conte’s side sitting fourth and one point behind leaders City having thrashed United 4-0 last time out.

“It’s harder to predict than it was for many years,” he said.

“I think there are five potential candidates: Manchester City as favourites, Tottenham and Liverpool, but also Man United are still there if we get some consistency soon.

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“Even when you are trailing by six, eight points, it’s still possible to catch one or two teams. The rivalry and the experience of Guardiola and Mourinho makes for an exciting competition, and you shouldn’t forget Arsenal.”

Not so sure that will go down too well at Stamford Bridge…

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